Both McLaren-Mercedes drivers finished in the points at the Canadian Grand Prix, but will the Woking-based team’s engines endure at Indianapolis – where the long, front straight requires cars to run at full throttle for 20 seconds every lap?

Both McLaren-Mercedes drivers finished in the points at the Canadian Grand Prix, but will the Woking-based team’s engines endure at Indianapolis – where the long, front straight requires cars to run at full throttle for 20 seconds every lap?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to the US Grand Prix this weekend, some time earlier than usual after previously taking place towards the end of the season.

David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen benefited from a marked improvement in the reliability of the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-19 at the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend. After finishing seventh and ninth in the race, they were consequently bumped up to fifth and sixth places after the Williams and Toyota teams were disqualified.

However, both drivers have recognised that the tricky banked circuit this weekend will demand something extra from them.

"The track itself is formed of two very different sections and therefore demands a medium downforce configuration to maximise performance on the two extremes. We have the sweeping banking of the final corner that flows into the long, very quick front stretch of the Speedway oval, which sees us at full throttle for some 20 seconds," Coulthard said.

"Due to the length of this section, you get a real sensation of the speed at which we are travelling, some 335 km/h. Of course we hit this speed at some other circuits, but not usually for this length of time. Its characteristics such as this, and the banking, that makes the event unique."

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